TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Halloween on the Hill

Halloween on the Hill

Monty Solomon (
Tue, 1 Nov 2005 12:56:03 -0500

Halloween on the Hill

If you would like to join our jamboree
There's a simple rule that's compulsory
Mortals pay a token fee
Rest in peace; the haunting's free

- The Crypt, Disney's The Haunted Mansion

Halloween is traditionally the time when the undead walk; preposterous
monstrosities that no-one could imagine living stumble and moan
through the land.

So guess what the entertainment industry decided to dust off for an
extra spooky session with the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday?

Why, yes, they are bringing the broadcast flag. And, certainly, there
is talk of their henchmen at the RIAA clumsily re-animating their
insane digital radio requirements.

But that's not spooky enough for the MPAA. For their party trick this
year, they want to take one of the most basic and ubiquitous
components in multimedia, and encase it within a pile of
legally-enforced, complex, and patented proprietary technology -

Ladies and gentlemen, the MPAA have chosen Halloween week to resurrect
their most misconceived monster ever: the Thing from the Analog Hole.

[TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: And what better way, following
Halloween to introduce it than on November 1, All Saints Day, to
illustrate the fact that they are all saints in their dealing with
the public. PAT]

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